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Dallas Hospital Worker on Cruise Ship Put in Isolation

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Tourists enjoy a ride on a catamaran as cruise ship Carnival Magic is seen near the shores of Cozumel October 17, 2014. A Mexican port authority official said the ship was denied clearance to avoid any possible risk from Ebola. Ship is planed to return to Galveston, Texas on time on Sunday. (Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 12:08 PM

A Dallas hospital lab supervisor involved in the care of Liberian man who died from Ebola has been placed in isolation on a cruise ship in the Caribbean but has shown no signs of illness.

The unidentified woman who works at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital boarded the Carnival Magic cruise ship in Galveston on Oct. 12 for a seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean, according to KHOU-TV. The ship is scheduled to return to Galveston Sunday morning.

Carnival said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified it late Wednesday that the woman was on board and she was then placed in isolation, reported KHOU-TV. Carnival issued a statement on the incident Friday.

"At no point in time has the individual exhibited any symptoms or signs of infections and it has been 19 days since she has been in the lab with testing samples," the cruise ship statement read. "She is deemed by (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention) to be very low risk. At this time, the guest remains in isolation on board the ship and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew. … We are in close contact with the CDC and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board."

State department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told The Associated Press in a statement that when the woman went on the cruise ship health officials had only required self-monitoring and now wanted to get her off the ship out of an abundance of caution.

Passengers on the Carnival Magic were not allowed to leave the ship when it docked in Belize, an official told The Associated Press. KHOU-TV reported that the Belize government rejected a U.S. request Thursday to let the isolated woman leave the ship so she could be taken back to the United States by an air ambulance from a local airport there.

The AP said there have been no restrictions placed on other passengers aboard the ship. Carnival Magic is one of the Caribbean's largest cruise ships, which can carry more than 4,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members.

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A Dallas hospital lab supervisor involved in the care of Liberian man who died from Ebola has been placed in isolation on a cruise ship in the Caribbean but has shown no signs of illness.
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